8 Day Essential Vietnam

$529
Land Only
$1109*
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Northern Hotel Saigon Ho Chi Minh
Halong Palace Hotel Halong Bay
May De Ville City Centre Hanoi

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$1249* $529
$1169* $549
$1129* $549
$1159* $579
$1129* $549
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$1149* $549
$1169* $559
$1109* $529
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$1139* $559
$1209* $529
$1239* $559
$1239* $559
$1159* $559
$1179* $529
$1639* $529
$1679* $529
$1469* $529
2018 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$1329* $559
$1289* $559
$1269* $559
$1279* $559
$1239* $559
$1239* $559
$1239* $559
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$1239* $559
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$1319* $559
$1319* $559
$1319* $559
$1319* $559
$1319* $559

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Ho Chi Minh-Hanoi.

Passengers should select flights that arrive no later than 3 am on Day 3.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Vietnam
Depart for Vietnam

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Ho Chi Minh
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon), the largest city in Vietnam. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh

DAY 3, Friday - Full Day in Ho Chi Minh
Enjoy the full day at leisure or, join the optional morning half day tour to Cu Chi Tunnels. They were part of an underground tunnel network built by the Viet Cong to control a large rural area near Saigon. The Cu Chi network includes 125 miles of tunnels with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, weapon factories, hospitals, shelters and other tunnels. In the afternoon, choose to participate in an optional half day tour of Ho Chi Minh City, which includes the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office with its French style architecture, City Hall, and the magnificent Saigon Opera House. From here, visit lively Ben Thanh Market - where an unbelievable assortment of wares and crafts are sold under one roof. Continue to Dong Khoi Street, a major shopping thorougfare in the center of the city. Early in the evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and briefing by your Tour Manager. Remainder of the evening is at leisure. Be sure to check out the diversified dining scene in this culinary rich city
Optional: Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels (AM)
Optional: Half Day Ho Chi Minh City Tour (PM)
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Flight to Hanoi, Transfer to Halong Bay
Depart Ho Chi Minh on a flight to sparkling Hanoi, cultural center of the country. Upon arrival, travel overland and through the lush Vietnamese countryside to picturesque Halong Bay, considered one of Vietnam's most celebrated attractions. As you approach, you’ll see thousands of limestone islands rising out of the sea creating a truly magical scene. Arrive at your hotel in Halong Bay for overnight
Overnight: Halong Bay
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday - Cruise Halong Bay, Travel to Hanoi
Incredible views await you today! Halong Bay is considered one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, added to the list of UNESCO Heritage sites and declared recently as one of the "New Seven Natural Wonders of the World". There are over 3,000 islands in the emerald waters and over 1,000 have their own names. Numbers of caves and grottos of all sizes and shapes are filled with small waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites. Sail on a traditional wooden boat on the tranquil bay with lunch served on board. Visit one of the caves and afterwards, travel to Hanoi, Vietnam's vibrant capital and check into your hotel. This city's history is tied to French colonialism - its architecture, cuisine and local culture still bear evidence of the French influence
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Monday - Full Day in Hanoi
Spend a full day at leisure discovering Hanoi on your own, or take the optional tour to the stunning Thay Pagoda and So Village, including lunch, also known as the "Pagoda of the Master". Nestled against the hillside in Sai Go Village, it shares its compound with the smaller Ca pagoda. Here, you'll also see Thuy Dinh Stage, a water palace on Long Tri Pond, where the ancient form of water puppetry is performed. Continue to So Village, a well-preserved ancient village. Walking tour around the village with its traditional layout and small alleyways in-between the houses. Stop at one of the communal houses to meet villagers who earn their living from making noodles. In the evening, join an optional Cyclo Ride & Water Puppet show with dinner. Take a cyclo ride around the bustling Old Quarter of Hanoi. The Cyclo is a very common mode of transportation in Vietnam. Afterwards, attend a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Show, accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra and Cheo (a form of opera). The show depicts a series of ancient Vietnamese folktales, acted out by puppets over a pool of water. Enjoy a delightful dinner of Vietnamese delicacies before returning to your hotel
Optional: Thay Pagoda & So Village with Lunch
Optional: Cyclo Ride & Water Puppet Show with Dinner
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Tuesday - Full Day in Hanoi
Spend a full day at leisure discovering all of the delights of Hanoi independently, or enjoy an optional half day tour of Hanoi including a visit to the Museum of Ethnology, center for the preservation and exhibition of cultural heritage for over 50 ethnic groups in Vietnam. Tonight, join the optional traditional dinner with a Vietnamese family in their home. Sample delectable home-cooked Vietnamese specialties along with a warm and friendly cultural exchange
Optional: Half Day Hanoi City Tour (AM)
Optional: Home Hosted Dinner in Hanoi
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Wednesday - Depart Vietnam
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

The Cu Chi tunnels were part of an underground tunnel network built by the Viet Cong to control a large rural area near Saigon. These tunnels were first used during the French/Vietnamese War (1946-1954) and later used by the Viet Cong as a base of operations during the 1968 Tet offensive. The Cu Chi network includes 125 miles of tunnels with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, weapon factories, hospitals, shelters and other tunnels. The entire structure was dug out of the rock by hand tools without the use of cement. On this tour, you’ll learn about the tunnels and other aspects of the war. Opportunity for a brief view of life underground as you enter areas that have been enlarged to create easier access for visitors. The majority of the tour will be above the tunnels. Please note: This tour is presented from a Vietnamese perspective, based on past wars with France and the United States. If you are uncomfortable with the expressed point-of-views and prefer not to hear this discussion, then we recommend that you do not participate.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #3 01 Jul 2016 - 30 Jun 2018 $39.00
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Embark on a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City and immerse yourself in its vibrant atmosphere. Admire the impressive neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office with its French style architecture, City Hall, and the magnificent French colonial façade of Saigon Opera House. From here, head to the lively Ben Thanh Market - where an unbelievable assortment of wares and crafts are sold under one roof. Continue to Dong Khoi Street, a major shopping thoroughfare in the center of the city with beautifully restored French colonial buildings.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #3 01 Jan 2017 - 30 Jun 2018 $32.00
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Today tour the stunning Thay Pagoda and So Village, including lunch, also known as the "Pagoda of the Master." Nestled against the hillside in Sai Go Village, it shares its compound with the smaller Ca Pagoda. Here, you can also see Thuy Dinh Stage, a water palace on Long Tri Pond, where the ancient form of water puppetry is performed. Continue to So Village, a well-preserved ancient village. Walking tour around the village to see the traditional layout with small alleyways in-between the houses. Stop to visit one of the impressive communal houses to meet villagers who earn their living from making noodles and tofu. Enjoy the stunning Thay Pagoda, the "Master's Pagoda," nestled on the foot of Sai Son Mountain.

Departs at 8:30 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2017 - 30 Jun 2018 $55.00
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Take a cyclo ride around the bustling Old Quarter of Hanoi. Witness the daily life of the city as you wind through the narrow streets and alleyways. The Cyclo is a very common mode of transportation in Vietnam. Afterwards, attend a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Show, accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra and Cheo (a form of opera). The show depicts a series of ancient Vietnamese folktales, acted out by puppets over a pool of water. Enjoy a delightful dinner of Vietnamese delicacies before returning to your hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2017 - 30 Jun 2018 $55.00
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Begin this half day tour of Hanoi and view Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, West Lake and the Quan Than Pagoda. Continue with a visit to the Museum of Ethnology, center for the preservation and exhibition of cultural heritage for over 50 ethnic groups in Vietnam.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #7 01 Jan 2017 - 30 Jun 2018 $39.00
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Tonight, you are invited to dine with a traditional Vietnamese family in their home. You will get to enjoy local cuisine and experience a unique opportunity for cultural exchange with your hosts. As you dine, you will get to know the family and learn about their work and everyday life.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #7 01 Jan 2017 - 30 Jun 2018 $39.00
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